PDEA seeks expansion of PAGCOR's support to anti-drug campaign

March 4, 2012 12:57 pm 

MANILA, March 3 – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) expressed confidence that the continuing support by different sectors to the national anti-drug campaign is a big boost in getting rid of illegal drugs.

PDEA Director General Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. hoped that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) would consider the possibility of expanding PAGCOR's support to encompass law enforcement.

During the commencement rites held for 199 new drug enforcement officers last Feb. 24, PAGCOR president and chief operating officer Jorge Sarmiento, who represented PAGCOR Chairman and chief executive Cristino L. Naguiat, Jr., extended his admiration to the new agents for choosing a noble profession and conveyed his intention to propose to the PAGCOR Board the possibility of expanding PAGCOR support to include law enforcement.

Gutierrez officially deployed the new agents nationwide to augment the manpower requirement of operating units, particularly in the regional offices. The 199 anti-drug front-liners finished a six-month Drug Enforcement Offices Basic Course at the PDEA Academy in Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

“I look forward to seeing them in action and contributing to the attainment of the vision of establishing drug-free communities to the Filipino people. I am confident that the idealism of this group would infuse a new commitment and dedication in their duties and responsibilities as anti-drug front-liners,” Gutierrez said.

“They are ready because we have prepared them well. But the real classroom that can give them the best training is out there in the field, where they will apply all they have learned from the (PDEA) Academy,” the PDEA chief added. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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